The Education of A Comic Prodigy

How Seth Rogen became summer's leading man

Allison Scott, actress Katherine Heigl, and Ben Stone, actor Seth Rogen, in the Universal Pictures movieKnocked Up.

Hollywood isn't supposed to be a meritocracy. It's for the good-looking and the born-to-famous-parents and those brave enough to make out sloppily on reality shows. At the very least, the merely talented are supposed to spend years struggling until they're discovered. But Seth Rogen--a fat, awkwardly old-man-ish 16-year-old kid in Vancouver--went to his first local audition and got hired on NBC's Freaks and Geeks. And now, having just turned 25, he is the lead in one of this summer's biggest romantic movies. By the end of next year, he will have a Will Ferrell--size grip on comedy films, having appeared in...

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